MOUNT VERNON Ky. (FOX 56) — The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame is honoring one of the bluegrass’ rising stars in country music.
White, 13, now gets to see her name among Kentucky’s stars.
“I don’t have words. I was speechless. I could not wait to see it. I love it so much. I’m just so grateful that they gave me this,” White said.
Jessica Blankenship, executive director of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said Phoebe is the youngest person to have an honorary exhibit here.
“She’s representing Kentucky, and she’s representing our future in music. It was a no-brainer to have her on board as one of our honorees,” Blankenship said.
The rising star was invited to guest perform with Riders in the Sky at the Grand Ole Opry at the beginning of August.
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“It was just such a great experience. Everyone was so nice and Riders in the Sky, so much fun playing with them, I love them so much,” White said.
Folk singer Michael Johnathon, who produced and arranged her album ‘UnXpected’, said it’s artists like White who bring out the love for yodeling.
“I think that America is in a desperate search for its own front porch, its spirit of front porch. It’s a hard world right now. I think Kentucky is sort of the comfortable rocking chair on that front porch. and it’s artists like Phoebe. It’s little kids that present the spirit of that beautiful, love transaction that music and art is supposed to be,” said Johnathon.
White said she grew up listening to a variety of older music at home and was inspired by other artists who helped her yodel.
“We’ve always had seventies eighties music around the house, but my biggest influences are Patsy Cline, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Patsy Montana, and then LeAnn Rimes,” White said.
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“So, I heard LeAnn Rimes sing blue, which I thought was really cool because she did like a voice flip and stuff. After that, the next day, I went downstairs to my basement, where it was kind of nice and calm, and I practiced, and I practiced, and by the evening, I could kind of yodel,” White said.
In addition to her voice, White also plays a variety of instruments.
“I play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, ukulele, drums, banjo, and thumb piano,” White said.
Still, at 13 years old, White says she has many goals ahead.
“I want to be on the Grand Ole Opry again. I want to make a new album which I’m working on right now for songs for,” White said.
You can visit that special one-year honorary exhibit at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum, which will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.